For disabled people, or anybody doing a lot of outdoors walking, having the right footwear is absolutely crucial. As a child I remember being dragged round shoe shops to get ‘proper’ shoes and oh how I used to resent it. Now, of course I fully understand for myself the benefits of having the right boots for hillwalking and outdoor activities. My first kit review of the year is about the SL Active boot by Scarpa.


The Boot

The SL Active boot has been designed for use on the most rugged terrain and for all year round. I could see myself using this boot on anything from a coastal path in summer to a Munro in winter with crampons. These boots are designed to be extremely comfortable from the very first time you take them out of the box. I have worn them several times now. I have covered a good few miles in them and here are some of my thoughts :



Initial Impressions They are a really sturdy and durable pair of boots and I am sure I will  have them for a very long time. With a very solid sole offering excellent traction and grip and strong leather uppers, they seem to be very well made.
First Time Out The first walk I did in them was short and they felt great. They did feel stiff as I would expect a new pair of boots to feel. Whether out of the box comfort is truly possible or not with this type of boot, I do think they come close. However, I would not have liked to go a long way in them on the first time out.
Pros They are extremely comfortable. These boots are fitted with Scarpa auto fit foam in the heels and Biometric soles. Whatever it is, it works, and they are very comfortable.

They have fantastic ankle support and stability is given by the slightly higher design of the boot. For me, this is a winner as I feel great and they inspire me to venture into the Mountains.

Cons The leather will require proper care and attention to preserve its condition.
Durability These are a very strong and well made pair of boots and I would expect them to last me for very many Outdoor Expeditions.
Stability I feel I must mention their stability here. As soon as I put them on I felt very safe, supported and confident in them. They also have excellent grip.

The Verdict 

A very good all weather and all terrain mountain boot well worth the money. Extremely comfortable. They could be especially good for disabled people because they offer excellent ankle support and traction. A real thumbs up for Scarpa.